All it takes is four words and a ring to seal the deal, but it's really amazing (and quite beautiful!) to see the amount of thought and careful planning that some guys go through to make the moment all that more special. I never get tired of hearing romantic proposal stories, especially when they're as creative as this one... Epiphanies, for the most part, are pretty wonderful things. It was just over a year ago, eating a bowl of Moules Et Frites (Mussels with Fries), on holiday in Paris with my girlfriend Liz, that I realised I could quite easily spend the rest of my life with her. Whether it was the haze of the beer buzz, or simply the wind-down from exploring one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been in, one thing was for certain – I was feeling pretty set. I just needed the right way of asking the question, and a bit of time to work it all out. One definite intention was proposing through illustration. I'd like to think of it as two of my favourite things in life in coming together for the one goal. Guy proposed to his now fiancée on her birthday in Bali. He illustrated a series of individual images that when folded together in a bridge formed the hidden message, "Will you marry me?". I can only imagine the precise calculation that went into perfecting that and making sure all the words aligned into a legible sentence. As I pulled the two ends together to keep it stable, she read the final message and put her hands across her face in shock, which I didn't quite know how to read. It looked like it could've been either "of course" or "dude, what the fuck?!" From behind me, I smoothly took the ring from underneath it's hiding spot and got down on one knee and told her I want to spend the rest of my life with her. The following 5 seconds felt like an hour of free-falling, fumbling for the parachute chord, my heart was in my throat as I waited for a response. Then, and only after telling me off for being so cheesy and proposing to her in Bali of all places, she said "of course". Read the whole story and check out Guy's work here. And as always, feel free to drop me a line on twitter or facebook.
Yesterday I was looking for some t-shirts to buy for Christmas and I started browsing through Threadless and other sites. As usual there were some beautiful illustrations and, of course, very funny ones. Then I decided to select the funniest ones and share them with you here at Abduzeedo. It's impressive how this guys can get so creative, exploring very simple subjects they come up with incredible ideas such as the Simple Plan by Neil Gregory, which I own one and it's so funnny; A Fest Fit for a King by Fatheed and the Eternal Exercise by Glennz, perhaps the most creative t-shirt designer out there. Below I selected the ones that really made me laugh, if you have others, please share with us leaving a comment with the link to the page. Aled Lewis - Fatheed Matthew Skiff Brian Cook Ian Summers Brock Davis Glennz Jean-sébastien Deheeger Jean Salamin David Creighton-Pester Neil Gregory Chow Hon Lam Chris Bishop
One thing I've always been curious about was Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man... that dude standing with arms wide open. Da Vinci was one hell of a illustration, and did an amazing job drawing perfect anatomy sketches that live up to our days, inspiring illustrators today. Another day I was taking a look at DeviantART and found two illustrations of these that just caught my attention (the last two).... and I just had to make a post for this awesome Vitruvian Man. Kudos to Da Vinci for such a great inspiration and for his work. I really recommend you to visit each artist's page for more of their work, it's really worth it! Hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) The Original
Adhemas Batista launched a new portfolio website this month along with a blog and a lot of colors and great works. You're about to read the an Illustrated biography of one of the most creative and talented Illustrator of all times. Sit tight and enjoy the ride! Visit his new website & new blog Adhemas Batista has been in the business of selling colors since the age of fifteen. Born in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, Batista is a self-taught digital artist that is world-renowned for his colorful and distinctive illustrative style that he brings to his projects. Batista has worked for advertising agencies, design studios and interactive shops around the world and has developed skills in creative and art direction, illustration, interactive, photography and photo manipulation. Most widely known for his creative work for the Havaianas brand, Batista has been sought out by some of the world’s biggest brands looking to embrace his unique style including Absolut Vodka, Adobe, Basf, Blender Magazine, Coca-Cola, Danone, Future Publishing, General Electric, General Motors, Havaianas, Hellmans, Honda, Microsoft, Myspace, NBC Network, Nike, Nokia, Nordstrom, Paypal, Pepsi, Philip Morris, Renault, Sony, Symantec, Toyota, Tylenol, Unilever, Volkswagen, ZaOza, Zune and many more. Batista’s creative vision has earned him many advertising and design accolades that include a Golden Lion in Cannes Festival 2009, two Gold Statues in the London International Awards, One Show Interactive, FWA, and was named Brazilian Young Creative in the Cannes Advertising Festival. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Computer Arts, Advanced Photoshop Magazine and a number of international design books. Batista has been invited to participate in a number of world-wide creative projects representing Brazil as well, he was selected as the only artist from Brazil to participate in the Coca-Cola Remix project and most recently, was one of 12 international illustrators invited by Microsoft to contribute to the Windows 7 personalization project by contributing a custom wallpaper for users to select as their desktop. Batista moved to the United States in 2006 with his family to continue his creative career and now works out of Magenta (http://www.magenta.la) his own design studio based in Los Angeles, CA. Story Adhemas Batista began selling colors at an early age. He was born in the south of Brazil in Sao Paulo City. Inspired by the vibrancy and color of his homeland, Adhemas got his hands on a computer at the age of fifteen during an office internship and proceeded to teach himself design and programming skills. Fascinated by the interactive realm, Adhemas worked with a number of local advertising and marketing agencies, and eventually opened his own web design agency with his brother when he was only 20 years old and helped to grow their agency to 20 employees in two years time. As Adhemas began to explore his own design style and sought out new opportunities to take on larger projects, he was offered a position he could not refuse as Art Director at AlmapBBDO, one of Brazil’s most creative advertising agencies. During his time there, Adhemas would work on the project that would put his name on the map…the Havaianas website. Given the open and creative nature of the client, Adhemas was given free reign to explore his vibrant and colorful style through concepts, designs and illustrations. When the site launched in 2005, it received worldwide exposure and resulted in a number of prestigious advertising and design awards. At the age of 25, Adhemas was sought after for his unique style and saw his career take off. In 2006, Adhemas decided to move to the United States with his family in hopes of finding new opportunities to grow his career. Since then, Adhemas has spent time perfecting his craft while working with some of the best advertising agencies, design studios and interactive shops around the world. Always staying true to his colorful design and illustration style, Adhemas began to take on larger projects and was able to offer additional services in art direction, interactive, photography and even photo manipulation. When he is not working on client projects, Adhemas can be found toiling on his latest personal project, “Colorful Land” a picture book filled with Adhemas’s own photography mixed with illustration and design. The book features colorful photos inspired by Adhemas’s homeland and a full showcase of his vibrant design style. Stay tuned, more to come later this year….
Little by little we get to see the buzz on Iron Man 2 getting bigger. If the first movie kicked butt, we are pretty sure that John Fraveau has everything in control to deliver an even better movie. Besides that, we just had to make a post on Iron Man, because Tony Stark is this really awesome billionaire drunken stud with a power cell instead of a heart, that builds a freaggin' flying armored suit. Talking like that, it kind sounds absurd, but absurd is not enjoying these illustrations. So, after checking them, you should really visit each author's page for more! Cheers. ;) Gabe Farber KidNotorious Ryan Benjamin Caio Cacau Francis Tsai Gabe Farber gattadonna Pencils by Marcio Takara, Colors by Fernando Goni Pencis by KidNotorious, colors by Joshua Francis Tsai Gabe Farber Francis Tsai Andy Park Tom Whalen Lai Meng Guan Pencils by Francis Manapul, colors by Teodoro Gonzalez Francis Tsai Sine Qua Non Chris Clover mbreitweiser Skottie Young diablo2003 Luis Diaz
I bumped into Zhuzhu's work while browsing around deviantART and his pieces got my attention. Zhuzhu is an artist living in Shanghai, China, with a background in watercolor and traditional art techniques. He has specialized in digital painting since 2002, using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. He is currently teaching at the China Academy of Art, Shanghai Institute of Design Training Centre and he also wrote two books on digital painting techniques, and several tutorials. Zhu is my last name, Hai Bo is my first name, but in Chinese you should call me Zhu Hai Bo. As you will be able to see here, Zhuzhu has pieces from different styles, some of them are classic, innocent and beautiful, other are controversial and intriguing. It's always nice to see different points of view of a same artist! Anyway, I made this selection from some of his work and you can also check out his DA page for further images. Enjoy the images! :)
Crazy Enough is the brand name of Sam, a Hong Kong based artist and illustrator with a very colorful portfolio. We were surfing on the web when we found some of Sam's character designs and we simply loved them. So in this post we will show you a little bit more of his super cool character designs. For more information visit Crazy Enough's website at http://www.crazy-enough.com/ My name is San, born in 1980 and based in Hong Kong. As an Artist/Illustrator, I make efforts of all kinds of graphic business. Provide Graphic designs, Illustrations, Character designs, Game graphic designs etc. Crazy Enough is the individual brand name of my works. I hope people who see my works can experience joy, fun and excitement. Keep smile, crazy, optimistic and energetic. Are you crazy enough? Animation
Diego Morales is a graphic designer student from Bauru, Brazil. We have already featured his website on the Sites of the Week becuase we really dig its color scheme and style. Now let's show you a little bit more of the work this brazilian illustrator also known as Mediainvia. For more information visit Diego's website at http://www.mediainvia.com/, It's definitely worth it. Hello! 'm Diego Morales, a brazilian graphic design student and full time freelancer at the moment. Mediainvia is my graphic project and where i try to do just what i like. Hope you like it too! Moleskine
Zach Bush is a freelance illustrator from Washington D.C., USA. The first time I saw one of his designs was throught the depthCORE collective and I was really impressed. Now with the new depthCORE chapter, Zach created some fantastic pieces. So let's take a closer look at his fantastic work. As usually we highly recommend that you check out Zach's webiste or his Behance profile. Zach Bush, a freelance illustrator, is based outside of Washington D.C. As of 2006, he has diligently worked to perfect his skills by consistently taking on new projects by various corporate clients. Zach's success is largely due to his perfectionist nature, as he will never release a project until he is 100% confident it can not be improved upon any further. Zach is part of the depthCORE and Slashthree Collectives.
I've just discovered that Wonderland can be a creepy, creepy place. Unlike the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland has a much darker side, and artists really love to show it off. Oh little Alice, what happened to you? Disney's version of the tale is absolutely obsolete as I can see... people don't believe it as the cute story of a girl lost in a different land, but they do believe that Wonderland is one hell of a wicked place to be lost at. Poor Alice has lost her way... and thank God for illustrations like these to show us this dark side of the story... but still, there are some cute images in here, just to remember the good old days. Oh, and don't forget to visit each author's page! They'll love it! Cheers. ;)
Few artists get me excited to see their portfolio as Sam Nielson. He is a young artist and illustrator based in the United States that currently works as a graphic designer at Avalanche Software / Disney Interactive Studios. At his blog he collects several of his works for the agency where he works and also share his experiences and ideas that go along with each of his designs, so make sure to visit it to check out further info about Sam. I hope you enjoy the selection. Chicken Scratch Sharks Part 5: Slow Thinking Inside the Box Foresty Fun Nemesis But Oz Never Did Give Nothing to the Tin Man Old art, updated More Bolt Class Paintovers Who Wants a Puzzle? Thanksgiving Villain Pajama Gladiator Post-Mortem Friday drawing What I've been doing... He-Man Characters - Teela Something different, but why? Haunted Portrait WIP Joe Olson (Ogre) Utah Jazz - A Tribute War Machine Cinderella's father Cute Baby About the Author I'm Juan Manuel Lemus and I describe me as a passionated of graphics and stunning artwork. Currently studying System Engineering, work as web programmer in Guatemala City. Love Sci-Fi, my primary computer is a MacBook and you can follow me on Twitter as @jmanuelemus
We love comic books and superheroes and it's hard to explain why, however we could say that it's one of our first contacts with art, even though they are commercial. Now imagine if a famoust artist like Pablo Picasso were alive and decided to paint about superheroes? That is what Mike Esparza decided to play with, he created a superhero series with the Picasso's Cubist style. I get a lot of my inspiration from comic books, movies, music and observing other artwork. When I paint, I tend to bend the rules a little, but try to keep my subject recognizable so the audience can still connect with it. Pablo Picasso is a great influence, I’ve always wondered if he were alive today, what would he paint? This past year I’ve had a lot of fun creating a superhero series with a Picasso style twist to them. I do have some super plans for creating more superhero artwork in the near future. Do not forget to check out Mike's website, there are tons of inspiration. About Pablo Picasso Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. - Wikipedia
Yan Sorgi aka sebograficos is a Brazilian designer/illustrator straight from the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo. His graphics are so creative with a mix of colors, drawing, image illustration and everything in between. Enjoy! For more visit Yan at flickr.com/photos/sebograficos
I guess we all love classic movies, right? The most worship one of those old, classic ones, is probably the Wizard of Oz, with all the speculations behind it... Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon sync and all that. It is truly a wonderful and full of meanings movie. So, we received the suggestion by email from Sara "Batman", asking us to make a illustration post of it! So, Sara, here it is! If you got a suggestion and would like to tell us, send us an email! We'll be more than happy to analize your request. I really hope you guys enjoy my selection, and don't forget to visit the artists, alright? Cheers, good people! ;)
I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, that's why I became so excited, when I found this guy on DeviantArt. His nick is Xander, and he is a multi talent. First I ran into one of his custom paper toys, but when I had a closer look at his gallery, I dropped my jaw. He designed tons of lovely Star Wars characters with excellent style. In this post You can find most of them, but visit his DA page for the rest. I'm an artist/animator/character designer from New Zealand! In my spare time I paint and make plush toys with my wife Karla. I run an animation studio called Mukpuddy Animation with 3 of my buddies and we make things that make me laugh!! We're currently in production of our cartoon Sparkle Friends!! Blog: http://www.mukpuddy.blogspot.com/ Website: http://xander13.com/ Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mukpuddy Boba Fett Darth Vader Chewie C3PO and R2D2 Wicket Greedo Han Solo Jawas Yoda Emperor Palpatine
I`m a total vintage freak... from movies, to music, passing through photography, going to illustration! I love it all. Vintage is a great style and when I find artists that do it I just get really happy to see it, and of course, to share it with all of you, and I've found some stylish work! The artist is nicknamed Skutterfly, and unfortunately I don't have any information about him, but he's definitely got some great skills! So I really recommend you to visit his portfolio. You won't regret it... and I really hope you enjoy these! Cheers! ;)
Johannes Aagaard is an 21 old young Danish guy. He is an upcoming Illustrator, with a passion for typography, spectacular words, surrealism and colors. Aagaard have an huge passion for art, both digital, traditional, photography, design and lyric. In this article he shares with us a case study of a the work entitle ConceptualArt. We highly recommend that you check out his website at http://www.kongesuiten.dk/aagaardds I have tried to make some typography again, this piece is my first piece for a long time. Worked with colours, and mixing typography and illustration - just as I like it. "I'm not trying to do conceptual art" - It just happens! Animated Case Study